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Marinated Baby Artichokes

Tweet Native to the western and central Mediterranean, the artichoke is a domesticated variety of the wild cardoon. Cardone, in Italian, is a thistle and looks like large stocks of celery. My grandmother used to coat them in breadcrumbs and fry them. They were amazing. Unlike an artichoke, you eat the stems not the flower […]

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Sicilian Cannoli

Tweet I remember the cannoli my grandmother used to make and I am so very grateful that I have her “handwritten recipe” for this iconic Sicilian sweet treat. I use stainless steel pastry tubes (which can be purchased on Amazon), my grandmother’s were made out of wood. My grandfather made them from a broom handle, […]

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Pear, Pecan & Gorgonzola Salad

Tweet This past New Year’s Day, I made this sensational salad with caramelized pears. It’s really good! Today, I only have one pear and am in a bit of a hurry. So, this is basically the same ingredients, using a room temperature pear, rather than a warm caramelized one, and a different presentation. It’s still […]

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Rosemary Lemon Sea Salt

Tweet Rosemary, native to the Mediterranean region and a regular ingredient in Italian cooking, is one of my favorite herbs. While living In Tucson, I had several huge plants. These evergreen plants with purple blossoms thrived in the Arizona sun and were part of the landscape surrounding many of my neighbors homes. Some grew into […]

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Double Cauliflower with Chard and Onions

Tweet Inexpensive and readily available, cauliflower is a nutritional powerhouse. It is high in vitamins C and K, potassium, manganese, folate, fiber and cancer-preventing glucosinolates. If you are (currently) not a fan of this cruciferous vegetable, perhaps it is because it wasn’t cooked properly. I say cooked because as much as I enjoy cauliflower, there […]

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Palline al Cioccolato (Chocolate Balls)

Tweet These little chocolate balls, a thoughtful gift for your favorite Valentine, are a variation of Palline all’ Arancia. This is one of the very few confections in which the Sicilian nuns used chocolate. Traditionally, they were made with rum. Since I don’t care for the taste of rum but, do enjoy anything with an […]

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Super Bowl Chunky Chili

Tweet Many years ago, when my husband, Jack, and I were first dating, he invited me to a Super Bowl party he was hosting. Now, you would think this strong, healthy, handsome, athletic (he played college football), guy would have had the barbeque fired up to grill burgers or steaks or a side of buffalo. […]

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New Orleans Beignets

Tweet The Crescent City is known for many “sweet” things, such as, King Cakes, a brioche-type pastry, which is a huge part of Mardi-Gras traditions, Sfinci, creamy ricotta-filled puffs of pastry, that celebrates the Feast of San Giuseppe, Bread Pudding and the Praline, a candy confection, dating back to the 17th century. But, perhaps the […]

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Caramelized Pear & Pecan Salad w/Gorgonzola

Tweet One of my favorite ways to enjoy pears is the simplest, fresh off the tree with a handful of walnuts. Now, add crumbles of Gorgonzola and a drizzle of honey and you’ve got a healthy, slightly decadent snack. Or turn it into a delicious toasted walnut and pear salad. Caramelizing the pears and the […]

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Anchovy Spaghetti

Tweet Recipes, such as, Cacio e pepe, Capellini and Clams and Spaghetti alla Carbonara, are what I call “Pantry Meals.” Even when the cupboards and frig are seemingly bare, just take a closer look. The ingredients to make a delicious and satisfying meal (apart from fresh parsley) are all pantry staples. Also, don’t let the […]

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